Canadian songstress Audra Santa recently released her debut UK single Naked on 10th July on Copper House via CD Baby. The track has been taken from her forthcoming EP, The Boudoir Project, a collection of sensual, downtempo electronica that was a personal mode of self-expression she thought she would never share with anyone. She spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as her plans for 2020.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Naked?
Incredible! I’m so grateful to have this out in the world and received so well. The release of Naked is a huge personal accomplishment for me, both as a woman and an artist.
When I first wrote Naked, and the rest of The Boudoir Project EP, it felt a little too sexy and too personal to release. I was still in the process of reclaiming those parts of myself and it felt more like a personal catharsis than a piece of work I’d ever share. That all changed when I was invited to showcase at Midem in Cannes, France and decided I had nothing to lose. I received a double encore which completely blew my mind. I was totally unprepared for that and actually didn’t have any other songs ready. The audience yelled “just play it all again”. So I did. I performed the EP twice in a row and I could feel the audience with me for the whole show. It was amazing.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
“Sensual, enigmatic, honey-drenched magic.”
At least that’s how it feels to me when I hear it. Even after a hundred listens.
TF: Such a great track, where did you get your influences from for this one?
Thank you! I really do love this song. The musical influences weren’t direct – I just write what I feel and hear, and let it emerge out of me. As the song takes shape in production and we can hear what sounds and influences are woven throughout. There’s definitely some Portishead and other trip hop in there, and string arrangements like this make me think of Bond movies. When I was writing Naked I was also listening to some R&B and sexy downtempo stuff (the Galimatias feat. Alina Baraz EP Urban Flora comes to mind).
Beyond sonic influences, there was definitely influence from the life experiences I was going through. I was leaning into some personal healing at this time, reclaiming my feminine power and sexuality after leaving an unhealthy marriage and ten years in Australia and returning to Canada. I discovered Tantric energy (nearly by accident) during the process of writing Naked. The discovery of the weaving of this sensual energy was incredibly healing, empowering, and resulted in helping me find my voice.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to an EP, LP?
I’ll be releasing another single off the Boudoir Project soon and the entire EP by the end of the year. 2020 is definitely a year of release and closing old chapters as we move into the new, so it’s time for me to allow for full expression of this project. It’s exciting to finally let it fly! My original plan for 2020 was to tour the UK and Europe, so I’m hoping this can happen in the future.
I’ve found myself wrapped in a sacred cocoon in this time of quarantine, and I know I’m emerging as a completely different creature. I am seeing the life I truly want to live and the way I want to share myself with the world – more music, more creating, more freedom of expression. A big change in direction is that I’m now doing Intuitive Readings for others (all on Zoom because of the pandemic) and it’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. So the rest of 2020 will include music and helping others on their spiritual path.
You can find me on Instagram @littlecopperlighthouse if you’re interested in that aspect of what I do. (and @audrasanta for music)